Thursday, October 18, 2012

from Tom Rachman's The Imperfectionists

--Herman, adding to "The Bible," his copyeditor's handbook in the newsroom.

  • literally: This word should be deleted. All too often, actions described as "literally" did not happen at all. As in, "He literally jumped out of his skin." No, he did not. Though if he literally had, I'd suggest raising the element and proposing the piece for page one.

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